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Bahrain wants more Filipinos workers–PM

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 18:33:00 02/04/2009

Filed Under: Overseas Employment, Diplomacy

MANILA, Philippines — The prime minister of Bahrain said they want more “hardworking” Filipino workers, particularly salesladies for the Middle East state’s shopping malls.

“We really want more Filipinos because they are all hardworking,” Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa was quoted as saying in a Malacañang statement.

There are roughly 45,000 overseas Filipino workers in Bahrain, the statement said.

“We have no problem with Filipinos. We should have more of them,” the prime minister was quoted as saying.

Arroyo was in Bahrain on Tuesday. She also visited Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, where she attended the World Economic Forum.

On Thursday, she will attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, which will be graced by US President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Saudi King Abdullah will send a “high level” business mission to the Philippines to look at possible agriculture investments, a separate Palace statement said, quoting Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap.

The business mission will include representatives from the Saudi ministries of agriculture, commerce, and foreign affairs, Yap said, adding Saudi leaders noted Arroyo’s “high level of credibility and rapport” with them.

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